Our favourite Lebanese singer/songwriter (that’s Mika, readers) is returning for that ‘difficult’ second album. It’ll be interesting to see if his unique brand of flamboyance can enthrall the public once again.
The lead single from the album, We Are Golden is an interesting starting point though. In the video, we have Mika surrounded by the usual rainbow of bright colours and visual madness. On the other hand, he’s strutting around his bedroom in white boxers like a teenager posing for new photos for his MySpace profile.
I mention this because Mika is in his middle twenties, so you’d think he’d have outgrown embarrassing bedroom dance routines by now. And the small matter of his age makes the lyrics about teenage dreams a bit moot.
Musically speaking, We Are Golden is a solid pop song, if not as special as the material from Mika’s 2007 debut album. You get the impression that he’s channeling the ghosts of old Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman songs in the verses, while the chorus is simply a matter of shouting the name of the track repeatedly.
There’s a feeling that Mika feels the responsibility of producing a good second album, but there’s a sense that he’s also trying too hard. And while We Are Golden is far from a disaster for the Beirut-born singer, neither is it his finest hour. However, neither is our love for Mika diminished by this single and we have high hopes for the album!